Grieving daughter says she lacks energy to hate drunk driver
77-year-old died after being struck by vehicle a block and a half away from Edmonton home
An Edmonton woman told a judge on Wednesday she doesn't have the energy to hate the drunk driver who struck and killed her mother two and a half years ago.
Sivakumar Devarajah, 56, was found guilty last April of impaired driving causing death in the collision that killed Agnes Morgan, 77.
"I don't really care what happens to him," Morgan's daughter C.J. Morgan said. "I would like to remove every bit of joy from his life. I want to remember everyday what he has done to so many people."
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Devarajah had nearly double the legal limit of alcohol in his blood when he to got into his truck in the middle of the afternoon on Feb. 4, 2013.
Morgan recalled her mother's final hours while reading a victim impact statement at Devarajah's sentencing hearing Wednesday.
She recalled sitting beside her dying mother in the hospital that day, begging her to open her eyes.
She told the judge about holding her mother's hand as she died eight hours later.
"Somebody slaughtered her with a truck," C.J. Morgan told the judge.
"I can't describe the pain Mothers Day brings."
Devarajah stood in the prisoner's box to address Morgan's family and apologize for their loss.
"I'm very, very sorry about that but it won't happen again," he said.
Devarajah hasn't touched alcohol since the day of the collision, his lawyer said, adding that he has learned his lesson.
Crown prosecutor Kimberly Goddard said while Devarajah has expressed remorse, he hasn't accepted responsibility for drinking and driving, nor has he sought treatment or counselling.
Goddard asked the judge to sentence Devarajah to four to five years in prison. The defence is suggesting a sentence of three years. The judge will deliver his decision Oct. 28.